Since we’re right on the cusp of our big move to SG, Erica realised that there’s still a few places yet of which she’s always wanted to visit but just never got around to. One of these is the Sydney Aquarium, and the other is Canberra. The difference between the both of them is that one is fun, and the other well…. kinda sucks Anyway, we’ve managed to get both those things off the list in the last week. I’ve got a huge posting backlog which I doubt I’ll be able to clear before I leave but well… I guess I can always pick up where I left off from Singapore.
I’ve been meaning to take Erica to the Aquarium for a while but we just never got round to it. It’s one of those things where you just figure you’ve got all the time in the world to do… until you realise you don’t. Anyway, it’s pretty cool. It’s more or less famous for it’s Oceanarium exhibit which has all the big ass fish just swimming around. Pretty neat.
One of the sucky things about the Aquarium, or any place that could in some respect be considered educational, is that there are always school excursions present. In other words, cue hundreds of annoying schoolkids. Today was no exception with what seemed to be like a hundred schools and a hundred thousand school kids attending. There were kids just running, screaming, shouting….. yargh…. I don’t know how the teachers put up with it. Anyway, can’t blame the kids I guess with them being so excited to see the fishies and all…..
It’s been quite a few years since I last went and I forgot how impressive the place was. That being said, I don’t think I’ve really been to many aquariums in general at all so I’ve really got nothing else to reference it by! I love all the natural habitats of local fish that have been replicated and squashed into a fancy perspex tank. It’s so cool….. Seeing as I used to go fishing a fair bit, it’s always interesting to see what it looks like underwater for those fish of which I regularly set out to catch like Bream, Barramundi, etc etc….
Ahhh the Platypus…. one of the biggest jokes of the animal kingdom. Is there anyone out there whom can ever take a Platypus seriously? I mean, surely even God must have slapped this creature together just for laughs.
And below, we have the crocodile enclosure. Initially I thought it was a real crocodile but after staring at it for a couple of minutes, I began to have my doubts. It started to look incredibly dodgy the longer I stared at it. Now, I would put money on the fact that it was one big fat fake crocodile! For about 15mins, it didn’t move, didn’t blink, didn’t do anything at all!!! It’s a sham I tells you!!! A shammmmm!!!
After seeing so many Moray Eels in their natural habitat, it was kinda boring to see them in a cage, and smaller than the ones we’ve seen in the wild. But that was compensated for the fact that there were so many just suck in that oversized water jug and truth be told…. it was kinda….. icky. Cool don’t get me wrong, but that many eels with their bodies just hanging out admittedly gave me a small case of goosebumps. Still cool though.
And we finally get to the best part of the tour, the big fish! It’s pretty cool with two tunnels that traverse the length of the entire tank. There were Nurse sharks, Wobbegongs, Port Jacksons sharks, Leopard sharks, huge rays, bigger turtles, and all sorts of manner of other sea creatures in the tank. With many of them choosing to squat on the top of the tubes and flash us their weird looking marine genitalia. Ummm… thanks?
It was a little bit sucky to begin with with all these loud kinds running and moving around this narrow walkway, what with everybody already crammed like sardines into it. But it’s kinda hard to hold it against little kids. I mean, I’d probably be doing the same in their shoes, what with sharks and rays being so awesome cool and all.
This feeding frenzy was really cool, they dumped a whole bunch of fish in the water and it was a free for all! They had 2 of the largest turtles I’ve ever seen by far just ploughing through the fish like a bulldozer, and a whole bunch of Port Jackson sharks swarming below them. It was really really neat! Watching the big rays feeding was also quite cool, how they just float over them and munch away on the ground.
It was at the Great Barrier Reef exhibit that I really felt lucky to have done all the things that I’ve done. Looking at all the tourists just Oooing and ahhhing over the colourful fish really made me appreciate all the diving that I’ve done which has allowed me to see all these fish in their true natural habitat. The sight of Blue Tangs in a tank used to always make me go Oooo because of their vibrant colour. But after seeing them day after day in the Maldives, in schools of hundreds, seeing them in the tank just doesn’t do anything for me anymore.
I just really wish more people would be adventurous and just try diving if only to experience what it’s like to see the real world of which these beautiful creatures live.
And that’s it! Next on the cards, the best steak in Sydney! Hurricanes!!! There was no way we could leave Sydney without having Hurricanes one… last… time. Not just the best steak in town, but the best onion rings too! And the best chips and pepper sauce according to me while we’re at it! We both ordered the exact same things we order every single time we come here. Blue Tenderloin for me, and rare for her.
Because of our long couple of weeks of heavy dieting, my stomach has shriveled to only a fraction of what it used to be and I basically had to leave half a steak behind because I was just so stuffed! Erica on the other hand, managed to finishing her steak completely! I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, Erica puts me to shame everytime we come here. I out eat her at a pace of like 3-1 under almost every other circumstance… except when it comes to steak eating. She absolutely demolishes me when it comes to eating steak each and every time. I don’t know how she does it but she does…. the pig!
I really really really hope we can find a good steak place in Singapore that serves blue steaks…. I really do…. with great pepper sauce!
It was gelatos for dessert after Hurricanes. Gelatissimo had a new range of Cheesecake flavours that were absolutely uber!! Strawberry, Mango, Lemon, and Mixed Berry Cheesecakes!!! Awwww man…. I tried them all and had so much trouble deciding as they were all so good. We eventually settled on Apple for Erica, and Lemon Cheesecake for me. I have to go back for the Mango Cheesecake before I leave.
We also catch a Imax 3D movie with the discount tickets that we got my friend Monica to buy for me a while back. $9 per ticket instead of $20…. so sweet. We caught Wild Oceans 3D and it was truly truly amazing!!! It’s about the Wild Coast in Africa and about how huge schools of sardines get absolutely raped left, right, centre, and from above by Dolphins, Sharks, and Birds!!!
When we went on our Dolphin cruise in NZ (which I’ve yet to post about), we were completely blown away by the antics of the Dolphins and Gannets!! Watching schools of thousands upon thousands of Gannets dive bombing the water at speeds over 100km/hr was truly amazing and one of the most incredible sights I have ever seen. Wild Oceans 3D was basically showing everything that we saw and marvelled at above the surface of the water, below the water. I don’t think we would have appreciated the film as much as we did if we didn’t go on that Dolphin cruise. But because we had, it really made us appreciate the film so much more. I really recommend it to others as watching what those birds, dolphins, and sharks do underwater in 3D is just…. wow…..